How to prep your home for a holiday party



(NC) For most of us, the holidays are a time to gather with friends and family in celebration. While there is already so much to prepare for, one of the things that you shouldn’t forget even when you have a long to-do list is prepping your premises.


Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of a holiday party can sometime result in injury, which can potentially lead to an injury claim against you. If an accident happens on your property, you can be held responsible whether or not it was deliberate. The best way to prevent this from happening is by doing what you can to ensure your property is safe for your guests.


Prevent common causes of slipping. While you may be able to navigate your home without injury, some of your guests may not be as light on their feet. Be sure to use slip-resistant rugs or add gripper pads underneath rugs that tend to move to ensure they’ll stay put. For guests staying overnight and who may be showering the following morning at your place ensure that bathtubs and showers have no-slip mats. Finally, when someone spills their holiday punch, make sure that it’s cleaned up immediately.


Provide sufficient lighting. We all love great mood lighting, but sometimes those dimmed bulbs can make navigating a crowded room a challenge. Be sure to add lighting in any dark areas — especially near stairs — so that guests can make their way through your home with ease.


Clear the way. Be sure to clear both your home and property of any clutter prior to your visitors arriving. Reroute any exposed cables from electronics, clear the floor of any items such as toys or remotes, and gather outdoor debris such as stones or tree branches.


Advise your guests of areas of caution. You may have an area of your home undergoing renovation or that cannot be repaired before your event. Be sure to advise your guests as soon as they arrive of any areas that may be hazardous or that require extra caution.


Accidents can happen. For peace of mind, consult your insurance provider to make sure you have the home coverage you require. Companies such as belairdirect can help you determine exactly what you need and provide a quote in minutes. Visit for more information on homeowners insurance and what coverage you need.

5 tips for preventing holiday house fires


(NC) On average, a Canadian home burns every 55 seconds. Risk of fire is especially heightened during the holiday season, when cooking and the use of electrical equipment are at their peak.

Stay safe throughout the holidays and always by incorporating these key safety tips



1.)Preparation is key. Make sure your home is equipped with fire-detecting devices and alarms, as they’ll alert you of a fire in time to get to safety and help prevent devastating damage. Ensure your home is equipped with working smoke detectors and has a fire extinguisher.

2.)Sufficient coverage. Check your insurance coverage to ensure you have adequate coverage for your home and belongings. Consult your insurance provider to make sure you have the home coverage you require. belairdirect’s new home quick quote can provide you with a home quote in a matter of minutes.

3.)Kitchen safety. Cooking is the leading cuse of home fires, and it’s easy to get distracted in the kitchen when entertaining. Fifty per cent of kitchen fires result from grease or oil, causing the fastest-spreading and most destructive type of fire. Never leave the kitchen when cooking, but if you absolutely need to leave the room, carry a kitchen spoon that will serve as a reminder that you’re in the midst of preparing a meal.

4.)Heating appliances. It’s tempting to use heating appliances when the temperature drops. If you do pull out that space heater, make sure it’s certified by a recognized testing agency and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on keeping it away from objects that may be combustible.

5.)Power strips. Between decorations and adding extra lighting for your party, you might have to use your electrical outlets at full capacity. Be sure to avoid overloading outlets and covering them with fabric or rugs.

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